Tomato Cheese Pasta is absolutely a kids friendly recipe and perfect for lunch box. My daughter likes this very much.Its very easy to make.
              This delicious Tomato Cheese Pasta is  good and healthy  for kids lunch box. I am delighted to be sending this recipe to Indusladies Kids Lunchbox Recipes Book Event. 

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Ingredients :-


    1 cup pasta (you could use any pasta here,macaroni , long, thin, short, tube,Garden Rotini pasta )
    2 tbsp butter
    1 medium onion paste
    1 cup Tomato paste
    1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
    1/4 cup frozen peas and corn (optional)
    1 tsp oregano powder
    2 tbsp tomato ketchup /tomato sauce
    salt to taste
    1 tsp Black pepper
    1/2 cup grated cheese 
    1/4 cup water or milk



Method:-

1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
Or In a boiling water add salt & oil.Boil pasta for about 5-10 mins till it becomes soft.Drain them in a sieve and pass it through running waters so that they do not stick with each other.Keep it aside.

2. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add onions paste and ginger garlic paste and saute on a medium flame for 2 minutes till onion paste become transparent.


3. Add tomatoes paste and saute on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.


4. Add frozen peas and corn.Saute for a minute.


5. Then add salt and pepper powder.Mix well and cook .
6. Add the cooked pasta and mix well.


Add water or milk .Add oregano powder.



Then add tomato sauce. Toss gently and cook on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes.



7.Sprinkle the grated cheese or any cheese  over it.


8. Put a dish over it and cook it closed stirring in between till the cheese melts and the mixture thickens slightly.Let this mix well nicely and the sauce gets infused into the pasta.
9.Switch off the flame in 2 minutes.
10.The yummy Tomato cheese pasta is now ready to serve or ready for lunch box !!!
Serve warm.


Tips :-

1.You can also use store bought pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce.
2.You can also use Italian seasoning or basil etc.

 

Vermicelli / Semiya is one such ingredient which cooks fast and can be made in no time. Vermicelli /Semiya Pulao is a quick and easy breakfast dish .. We can add many vegetables to make it rich. The flavor of vegetables cooked with semiya and whole garam masala along gives a favorable and divine taste to this dish.
                      This delicious Vermicelli Pulao / Semiya Pulao is  good and healthy  tiffin for kids lunch box. I am delighted to be sending this recipe to Indusladies Kids Lunchbox Recipes Book Event. 

                                                             http://www.indusladies.com/food/kids-lunch-box-recipes/
           
Ingredients :-

    Vermicelli /Semiya - 2 cups,(roast in 2 tsps ghee on low flame ) till golden brown
    Onion - 1, large, chopped
    Carrot - 1, medium , peeled and diced
    Potato - 1, medium , peeled and cubed (optional)
    Green peas - 1/4 cup (I used Frozen one)
    Green chillies -2
    Bay leaf - 1(optional)
    Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
    Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
    Cloves - 2
    Cinnamon stick - 1"
    Green cardamom - 1
    Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
    Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric powder - 1/8tsp
    Ginger-garlic paste - 1tsp
    Oil - 1 tbsp
    Ghee - 1 tbsp
    Water - 3 1/2 cups
    Cashews - 8(broken)(optional)
    Salt to taste
    Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:-


 First wash and chop the onions, carrot ,potatoes and other vegetables which you are using.


Heat a pan or heavy bottomed vessel and add 2 tsps ghee and roast the semiya on low or medium flame till it turns golden brown color.Remove semiya in a plate.


Heat ghee +oil in same pan , once its hot, add cinnamon stick, caradamom, cloves and bay leaf and saute for few seconds. Add  mustard seeds . When mustard seeds start popping add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
Then add chopped green chillies.


Add chopped onions and saute till onion becomes transparant .
Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for 10 seconds.
Add mixed vegetables and stir fry on medium flame and saute for 8-10 mins till all vegetables are cooked. Add green peas and stir well.



Add water to the cooked vegetables along with salt to taste.Add  Turmeric powder ,Garam masala powder ,coriander powder,  and mix well.


When water starts to boil add roasted semiya and give quick stir.
Reduce the flame, place lid and cook till the semiya and vegetables are completely done.
Remove lid and mix well.
Remove the semiya pulao to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.




The Delicious Semiya /Vermecilli Pulao is now ready to serve or ready for lunch box !!!
Serve with Raitha or can be eaten itself.



Cut Mirchi Bajji is one of best recipe from Andhra.This is one of the street food which we get through out the year on streets and restaurants. I love to eat this hot hot lip smacking cut mirchi bajji on rainy day.Its perfect rainy day snack..There are various stuffing for this bajji and vary from place to place.I used very simple stuffing for this cut mirchi bajji because we are going to cut the bajji and deep fry again. If the filling is too much when you cut and fry the filling may come out.

Ingredients:

Long green chillies - 10
Gram flour /Chick pea flour/besan - 2 cups
baking soda - 1/4th tsp
Jeera /cumin seeds powder - 2 tsp
Ajwain /carom seeds powder - 2tsp
Ajwain seeds -1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1pinch
salt to taste
oil for deep frying

For serving/garnishing:

1 medium sized onion finely chopped
chat masala
1 lime/lemon
Chopped Coriander - 1/2 bunch

Method:


First wash green chillies well.Wipe and dry the green chillies well.

Make a slit on one side of the chillies and carefully remove the seeds using the back side of your teaspoon.If you are a spicy eater, then can leave the seeds as it is, but I usually remove them.

Make a powder for filling

Mix carom seeds powder /Ajwain Powder, jeera powder and salt to taste.

Now fill this mixture into slit chilies lightly and keep aside.
 

Take a mixing bowl add besan / gram flour salt, rice flour ,Ajwain ,turmeric and mix well with water.Prepare a slightly thick batter. Keep it aside.
The batter should not be very thin or very thick.(suppose if the batter becomes watery, add little more besan and mix well)

Heat oil in deep frying pan.


In the batter add baking soda and mix  well.Now dip the powder filled chillies carefully into this batter and drop them in the hot oil.

Fry 3 to 4 chillies at a time depending on the size of ur pan till golden brown.


 Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain well.

 
Now cut the fried bajjis into cut into smaller round bites  and fry in the same oil for few more minutes so that they become more crispy.


Remove them on Kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.

Repeat the same process for the rest of the chillies.

 

Take a mixing bowl, add fried mirchi bajji pieces, add finely chopped onions, Sprinkle some chaat masala on top and squeeze some lemon juice and give a quick mix.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy Hot Hot Lip smacking Cut Mirchi Bajji !!!

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Tea or chai is a very popular Indian beverage made from tea leaves , milk,water and sugar.
I love tea very much.I like to have tea in the mornings and evenings. We can make an astonishing variety of teas Elaichi Chai or Cardamom Tea, Masala chai, Ginger Tea or Adrak Ki Chai ,Tea laden with milk and sugar and Adrak Elaichi wali chai. Everyone has their own way of making tea.
My favorite is Ginger-Cardamom tea.Ginger-Cardamom Tea is especially soothing when we have a sore throat or down with the flu.

Serves -2

Ingredients :-

Tea leaves or powder - 2 tsp (any brand) I used Red Label tea
Ginger (crushed or grated) -1/2 inch piece
Cardamom - 2 crushed
Milk /Skimmed Milk /Non fat milk -1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Tea strainer



Method:-

  • First wash the ginger thoroughly then peel it .
  • Crush together ginger and cardamom pods with amotar pestle.
  • In a saucepan Bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add tea powder, crushed ginger- cardamom and boil it in medium low flame. Let it come to boil.Add sugar to taste.
  • Simmer and add milk and bring it to boil. When the milk boils and raises up, reduce the flame, then increase the flame again, let the milk rise up again.
  • Switch off the flame .
  • Strain the tea in two teacups.
Enjoy piping hot  Ginger cardamon tea with biscuits or warm khari or any namkeen !!!

Note :-

  •  There are no rules regarding the ratio of milk and water. Since I like milky tea, I have added   half milk and half water. If you do not prefer milky tea, add more water and less milk.
  • Some of the water evaporates when boiled and so we use a tad bit more water than required.
  • Add or reduce sugar according to your choice.You can skip adding the sugar while making the tea if you prefer adding it to your cup while serving.
  • Do not simmer the tea for more than 1 minute as it will make the tea stronger and bitter.
Some snacks which pair perfectly well with a cup of tea:-

Sev / Omapodi (Sana Karapusa) 

Onion Pakoda /Onion Fritters 

Spicy Shankarpali

Chivda

Masala Peanuts / Masala Groundnuts



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